UMFK Theater Troupe to present ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent Theater Troupe will present  “The Diary of Anne Frank,” in October.

The play is based on the book, “The Diary of a Young Girl,” which is in turn based on an actual diary a teenager named Anne Frank wrote while hiding from the Nazis with her family during World War II. Anne, her parents and sister were among a group of 8 Jewish persons living in the Netherlands who hid in a secret room in an attic until the Gestapo captured them in 1944. They ultimately were apprehended and sent to concentration camps.

Director Caryn Cleveland Short said she selected the play for the Fall theater production at UMFK in part due to the current relevance of the subject matter.

“‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ is about how prejudice, intolerance and bigotry affected the lives of these 8 people, which is a timely lesson for us in these days of radical division,” Cleveland Short said. “More, it’s the story of how 8 people survived during the two years they were forced to hide. Civility crumbles and yet they manage to live. We see each of their journeys and think of hope.”

The troupe will present “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-14, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium. The troupe also will perform the play in a matinee at 2 p.m. on that Saturday. The cost of admission is $10 per person, but the show is free for UMFK students.

The troupe also will perform “The Diary of Anne Frank” during two special matinees for students in the local public schools.

The cast features Jenacie Klinger as Anne Frank; Adam Wilcox, Mr. Frank; Melanie Hartt, Mrs. Frank; Alex Lynch, Mrs. Van Daan; Max Jandreau, Mr. Van Daan; Sam Levasseur, Peter; Meredith Connel, Margot; Katrina Walls, Miep; Lise Pelletier, Mrs Dussel; and Joey Schenk, Mr. Kraler.

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